We celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on the fourth of this month. Every one knows that saint from yard and garden backyards to bird baths and environmental displays. But there is a lot this particular saint can teach us.

We are capable of so much more than we think. You have no idea what you are capable of. None of us do. God is constantly trying to open our eyes to the amazing possibilities that he has enfolded in our being.

The saints continue this work, encouraging us to explore all our God-given potential, not with their speeches but with the example of their lives.

There are two questions that confront the people of every place and time, questions that confront you and me today: Are you satisfied with your life? Are you satisfied with the direction the world is moving in? These are some of life’s inescapable questions, and we each respond with passionate action or selfish indifference.

Our collective dissatisfaction with the direction of the world leads to the consensus that the world needs changing. And yet, we seem gripped by exasperation and paralyzed by the false belief that we can’t do anything about it. The saints dispel that exasperation and inspire us to bold action. They remind us over and over again: We can change the world.

Fr. Andrew, T.O.R.